ERIC Number: ED403240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Who Will Save Our Schools? Teachers as Constructivist Leaders.
Lambert, Linda; And Others
This publication explores the future of schooling and the role of teacher leaders. Several questions are examined: (1) why teachers must take primary responsibility for creating a new context for teaching and learning; (2) how "constructivist leaders" create meaning out of learning; (3) how the roles of leadership with adults and with children merge for teacher leaders; and (4) what commitments, knowledge, and skills are essential for teacher leaders. Chapter 1 describes the context of teaching in the United States in terms of four themes: human learning and development, learning communities, constructivist leadership, and systemic change. In Chapter 2 "constructivist leadership" and "constructivist leading" are defined. Chapter 3 discusses enabling all members of school communities to engage in system reform. Chapter 4 suggests several approaches from practice to advance the learning community as the new context for teaching and learning. Chapter 5 focuses on the teacher's leadership role. Chapter 6 examines who sets the learning agenda from both authoritarian and participatory viewpoints. Chapter 7 proposes the commitments, knowledge, and skills that are essential for teacher leaders, outlines nine design principles for professional evaluation, and suggests reforms of professional preparation programs. Chapter 8 summarizes ideas, anticipates some possible futures, and recommends significant alterations in policy and practice. (Contains 143 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, Teaching Skills
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6462-5, $49.95; paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6463-3, $22.95).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
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Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
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